Ex-NFL player Rob Konrad swims nine miles after falling from boat


Some NFL players let themselves go in retirement. Rob Konrad has apparently stayed in good shape. Because he just swam nine miles.

Konrad, who played fullback for the Dolphins from 1999 to 2004, was in a fishing boat in the ocean near Palm Beach on Wednesday when he fell out and swam to shore, according to Local 10 News.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Konrad was fishing alone and remained in the Atlantic Ocean for about nine hours, which is how long it took him to swim nine miles to safety. Konrad’s boat was on autopilot and drifted off and away from him after he fell.

Konrad made it all the way to the shore and is OK.

54 responses to “Ex-NFL player Rob Konrad swims nine miles after falling from boat

  1. I guess cruise control and fishing alone don’t mix. Who knew? But congrats on the swim, Johnny Weismuller would be proud. Swimming in the ocean isn’t like swimming in a lake which makes it even more impressive.

  2. It wasn’t that long ago three football players went out fishing on the ocean and only one made it back. Konrad should be more sensible.

  3. Glad to read Conrad is okay after taking a dive. I hope Referee Pete Morelli is okay after taking a dive in Dallas.

    Glad Konrad is okay, but man do I love internet humor.

  4. I’m calling B.S. 9 miles out, you can’t see land….especially in flat Florida. I’ll give him 3 miles.

  5. Wow! That’s so impressive it seems fake. Then again, the world record for non-stop swim is ~300miles so I guess some people can push their body pretty hard.

  6. Sounds like he’s ready to do an Iron Man. They have one in California where the swimming portion is from Alcatrez. Of course, you aren’t swimming alone which is the first thing they tell you the first day of swimming lessons. Always swim with a buddy!

  7. I grew up fishing down there and bring my boat down a couple of times per year.

    I say this without knowing the sea conditions at the time: lots of people fish alone, way offshore with the boat on “autopilot”. It’s not dangerous or unusual.

    Offshore fishing in the gulf stream, or near it, usually is trolling. So when you are alone the boat is in gear while you tend your lines. You tend them, nudge the steering, tend, look for weeds, steer, tend… On and on.

    It gets dangerous to go alone when you are old,in bad health or the weather is bad (ie big waves).

    Before my dad got to old to use his boat alone, he boat a remote proximity safety switch. That way if he fell out of the boat, it would sense it and shut off the engine…. Like the dead man teat hers but wireless. That’s a good idea for any lone offshore fisherman

  8. The human will to survive is a powerful thing. As are, apparently, Konrad’s arms and legs. Nine hours of on/off swimming in the ocean – alone. And this guy has been out of the league for 10 years!

    It’s only 1/8, but this could be one of the most amazing sports stories of 2015.

  9. str53ngth says:

    Nine miles in Nine hours, that is 1 mile per hour, I believe it.Amazing.

    I fail to believe swam for nine hours without a life vest, at the very minimum. And we aren’t talking about a pool but the ocean. Something is fishy. No pun intended.

  10. Nine miles….PLUS swim against a tide….if this is legit…that’s even more unbelievable than finding a thin PACKER fan.

  11. gfan8611 says:
    Jan 8, 2015 6:59 PM
    It wasn’t that long ago three football players went out fishing on the ocean and only one made it back. Konrad should be more sensible


    Good that somebody remembers that. One of them tried to swim for help and didn’t make it. Not to get on Konrad or anything but he’s lucky to be alive.

  12. Awesome.

    But as an aside, you don’t fish alone miles off shore in the Atlantic Ocean….

  13. No way he would of had to swim around 10mph to cover 9 miles in the 10 to 12 they say he was missing.. Maybe a Dolphin swam him in…. he should be the next one to try the cuba-us swim with that speed

  14. Any time your underway you should wear a good CG approved PFD. You never know what’s going to happen.
    The man that said you can’t see land from 9 miles doesn’t know what he’s talking about especially at night with all the lights.

  15. A great player for Syracuse. Represented the “44” well as a player. Still holding it down as a retired NFLer.

    Heart and the will to survive.

    Is this going to be an ESPN 30 for 30?

  16. What happened to the boat? Where did it end up? Safety lanyards are meant to be worn for this reason. You fall off the boat, lanyard pulls from ignition switch and boat immediately shuts off.

  17. While in the Navy stationed in Italy I tried swimming out as far as I could, which happened to be about 500 yards. Off the coast of La Maddelena Italy I looked at the shore in disgust. I don’t know how long it took me to swim out there, but the swim back was daunting to say the least.

    Swimming against the current, fighting the waves, I have no idea how long it took but it seemed like forever. My 30 year old body was dog tired when I reached the beach. That was probably the dumbest thing I did while on active duty. I was alone, so had I ben unable no one would have known I had drowned, or where. I remember swimming hard, countles smooth strokes and looking up seeing that I had hardly gone anywhere. Water is nothing to play with, but knowing that giving up means death is what keeps you going. All swimmers know how to dead man’s float, and I utilized it a lot that day.

  18. Good thing he was in the Gulf Stream. 9 hours in even mildly cold water could have killed him.

    I wonder how far North the Stream pushed him, and how many calories he burned. Must have been pretty damn dehydrated and low on electrolytes at the end. Cramp city.

    BTW to the guy who flunked second grade math: if he swam 10 miles per hour for 9 hours, he would have gone NINETY miles. Going 9 miles in 9 hours works out to ONE mile per hour. Which sounds about right since he must have taken many breaks to float and rest up.

    And the idea about the wireless proximity kill switch sounds good in theory. Problem is if there is any breeze at all, the boat is going to drift away from you faster than you can swim to her.

    Bet he never ventures out again without an inflatable PFD and a hand-held VHF.

  19. Just talked with Rob
    He says he’s fine and he’s going to swim back out to find the boat now.

  20. Congrats! In the future, DON’T GO OCEAN FISHING ALONE!

    That is the safest way to fish in the Ocean…. you ever watch the Soprano’s?

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